Pep Guardiola has been speaking to the press in Rotterdam ahead of Manchester City’s first Champions League game of the season against Feyenoord tomorrow.
On Ederson, Guardiola confirmed what we already know, that he has travelled with the squad to the Netherlands. Will he start? Pep was non-committal, saying: “Ederson is here, he trained today, we’ll see tomorrow.
“After the game, he (Ederson) was speaking to the boys like nothing happened. It shows the character he’s got.”
The boss also confirmed that Vincent Kompany remains out injured, but the good news is he’ll be back soon.
“We will see in the next weeks but I think it will be soon when he comes back and fights to play,” Pep told the assembled press when quizzed about the club captain.
Yaya Touré‘s absence remains something of a mystery. The Ivorian has yet to play a single minute of competitive football this season, appearing only in the friendly against Girona.
Pep was coy on the subject, saying only, “I spoke to him. He knows the reason why. That stays between he and I. I always want more, not just from Yaya but from everyone.”
He did confirm that he is happy with Touré’s performance in training, so we’re left with more questions than answers about the 34-year-old.
On City’s continuing presence in the UEFA Champions League, Pep commented, “It’s a dream to be here again. We fought a lot to be here because the gap was so close between Arsenal, Liverpool, us and United.
“It’s better to be calm and play good. When you arrive in last stages, the dream is there, close. For now, it’s too far away.”
City will have to step up a level to have any chance of reaching the final stages of the competition, a fact the Catalan is fully aware of.
“The Champions League is so demanding, The teams are so physical. If we are not at our top level, we cannot compete.
“We are still in the process of growing up. We are so happy with the players we have. We will see what happens.”